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County reaches out to homeless and low income families in Needles

DBH_Version2_FullColorThe San Bernardino County Homeless Partnership is hosting Project Connect to help homeless and low-income residents in need.

The event will be held on March 5 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at El Garces Train Depot, 950 Front Street in Needles.

The purpose of Project Connect is to provide a centralized location where nonprofit medical and social service providers collaborate to provide services to low-income and homeless individuals and families.

At the event, there will be free dental care, family support, housing support services, hygiene products, medical care, mental health services, substance abuse treatment, SSI information, legal advice, employment services and more. Additional educational information regarding other available county services and resources will also be provided.

For more information about this event or other Project Connect outreach events, contact Deanna Luttrell at (909) 386-8225 or 7-1-1 for TTY users.

Celebrate Black History Month on Feb. 20

blackhistorymonthA Black History Month celebration will be held on Friday, Feb. 20 at San Bernardino Valley College from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. to further understanding of the African-American culture through education and collaboration and to promote mental health awareness.

The event is being held at San Bernardino Valley College Business Center, 701 South Mount Vernon Avenue in San Bernardino.

All community and faith-based organizations and community members interested in celebrating Black History Month are welcome to attend. The event will include a historical display, resource fair and food.

The San Bernardino County Department of Behavioral Health’s African-American Awareness Sub-Committee of the Cultural Competency Advisory Committee is hosting the event in partnership with the Black Voice, San Bernardino Valley College Black Faculty and Staff, and Successfully Motivating African-Americans through Resiliency Training (S.M.A.A.R.T.) Program.

André Bossieux, program manager of the Department of Behavioral Health’s One Stop TAY Center will make a presentation during the event. Hari Jones, assistant director of the African-American Civil War Museum is also expected to speak.

For more information, contact Jonathan Buffong at (909) 386-8234 or 711 for TTY users.

Homeless service providers awarded $6.9 million in grants

DBH_Version2_FullColorA combination of funding for new and renewed project grants awarded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) will provide homeless service agencies, throughout San Bernardino County, with more than $6.9 million to provide transitional, permanent housing and rapid re-housing to countless numbers of homeless individuals and families who might otherwise be living on the streets.

On January 26, 2015, HUD announced the award of over $1.8 billion in grants to help nearly 8,400 local homeless housing and service programs across the U.S., Puerto Rico, Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands.   The Continuum of Care (CoC) grants support the Administration’s efforts to end homelessness by providing critically needed housing and support services to individuals and families experiencing homelessness across the country.

“This type of funding is what San Bernardino County needs. Turning a blind eye to homelessness hurts our communities and can be up to five times more costly than providing permanent supportive housing programs like those funded through this $6.9 million grant,”  Supervisor Josie Gonzales, Chair of the Interagency Council on Homelessness, said.

HUD’s decision to fund these new programs will bring over $6.9 million directly to all 24 cities and unincorporated areas within San Bernardino County to fund two new rapid re-housing projects, 18 existing projects, and a local planning grant. Agencies implementing these projects include Central City Lutheran Mission, San Bernardino County Department of Behavioral Health, Foothill Family Shelter, Frazee Community Center, Global One Development, House of Prayer-Gospel Outreach Ministries Inc., Housing Authority of the County of San Bernardino, Inland Temporary Homes, Inland Valley Hope Partners, Knowledge Education and Your Success (KEYs), Life Community Development, New Hope Village, Salvation Army-San Bernardino, Time For Change Foundation, and U.S. Vets-United States Veterans Initiative.  In addition to housing services, CoC grants fund a wide range of activities including, street outreach, assessments, mental health counseling, employment counseling, substance abuse treatment and child care.

“The need in our county is great. We know it and the federal government knows it,” Chairman James Ramos said. “I am proud HUD shares our vision of ending homelessness in San Bernardino County and has awarded us funds that will help provide housing to many of our homeless residents. Together we can bring hope to those who are lost and help them find a place in this great county to call home.”

If you would like more information regarding Homeless Services offered in San Bernardino County please contact the Office of Homeless Services at (909) 386-8297 and/or visit our website at

Stay warm at one of these shelters throughout the county

coldshelterThe National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning in effect from Tuesday evening through Wednesday night in areas above 2,000 feet. The San Bernardino Mountains expect snow and low temperatures into the single digits and low 20s, forecasters say.

Throughout the valley areas of the county, forecasters predict temperatures will drop into the low 30s and 40s.

The County is providing this listing of emergency cold weather shelters: Cold Shelters

Stay safe and stay warm!




Reminder: Volunteers needed for count of the homeless

Homeless PersonThe 2015 Point-In-Time Count of the Homeless will take place Thursday, Jan. 22, from 6 to 10 a.m. 

Volunteers will be grouped in teams of three and assigned to a deployment center in the city of their choice within San Bernardino County.

Team members will count homeless individuals and families in assigned areas throughout the county.

The purpose of a Point-in-Time count is to determine risk factors contributing to homelessness and understand the number and characteristics of people sleeping on the street, or in other places not meant for human habitation.

Please visit for more information. Click here for more details.

County’s crisis walk-in center in Victorville is moving

valley starValley Star High Desert Crisis Walk-In Center is moving to 12240 Hesperia Rd. (north of Bear Valley Road) in Victorville as of Dec. 8. The new center is just four miles away from the current location in a larger and newer building in a more central location. The Crisis Walk-in Center (CWIC) is for those needing immediate access to crisis mental health services, is open 24 hours, 7 days a week, and is available to those of all ages experiencing significant emotional or psychological stress. It is operated by Valley Star Community Services under a contract with the County of San Bernardino Department of Behavioral Health.

The CWIC (pronounced “The Quick”) provides important services to children, adolescents, adults, and older adults in need of immediate crisis intervention and stabilization. It is an alternative to psychiatric inpatient hospitalization, emergency rooms, and even jail. The center helps to stabilize the vast majority of individuals, preventing the need for hospitalization and/or involuntary treatment. It serves an estimated 4,000 individuals each year, and it can serve as many as 12 people at any given time.

The CWIC is voluntary and offered in an unlocked setting, with a stay of up to 23 hours. Individuals admitted into the crisis stabilization unit will be provided with services and supports to ensure their safe transition to the next level of care, or back to the community. Services include crisis stabilization and intervention, individual counseling, medication management, substance abuse treatment, family counseling, and education.

Those coming to the center may reside in the High Desert, but the center will not exclude any resident of the County of San Bernardino in need of immediate access to crisis mental health services. Services will be offered to people who walk in, call, who come in with emergency responders or law enforcement or who are brought in by friends or family.

For referrals, call (760) 245-8837 or for information, email TTY users please dial 7-1-1.

Eighth Annual Homeless Summit on Nov. 5

Homeless Summit Electronic Invite PIO revised 10 7 14The San Bernardino County Homeless Partnership in collaboration with the Office of Homeless Services will host their 8th Annual Homeless Summit at the Ontario Convention Center from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Nov. 5.

The San Bernardino County Homeless Partnership in collaboration with the Office of Homeless Services will inform attendees of the efforts that have been made over the past year, and future program planning for the next 12 months to address the issue of homelessness in the county.

Guest speakers will include: Tom Hernandez, Homeless Services Manager, Office of Homeless Services; Sharon Green, Executive Director, Victor Valley Family Resource Center; Dan Nackerman, Executive Director, Housing Authority of the County of San Bernardino; Gary Madden, Director, United Way 211; Brianna Karp, Executive Assistant and Author, Orange County Health Authority; Josie Gonzales, Fifth District County Supervisor, San Bernardino.

For additional information, please contact Deanna Luttrell at (909) 386-8225.

Project Connect providing services to homeless, families Sept. 25

Gonzales CenterThe San Bernardino County Homeless Partnership will host Project Connect from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.  on Sept. 25 where nonprofit medical and social service workers will provide services to low-income families and the homeless.

Free dental care, family support, housing support services, hygiene products, medical care, mental health services, substance abuse treatment, SSI benefits, legal advice, and employment services will be available.

Project Connect will be held at the Gonzales Community Center, 670 Colton Avenue in Colton. For more information, contact Deanna Luttrell at (909) 386-8225 or 7-1-1 for TTY users.


Suicide Prevention Week – Know the signs

suicidepreventionSeptember 8 through 14 marks the 40th Annual National Suicide Prevention Week and September 10 is World Suicide Prevention Day. The purpose of Suicide Prevention Week and World Suicide Prevention Day is to create awareness and provide information and education about the warning signs of suicide as well as reduce the stigma surrounding the topic of suicide.  The warning signs of emotional pain or suicidal thoughts aren’t always obvious.

Suicide is real, but can also be preventable.  According to the International Association for Suicide, the number of lives lost each year through suicide exceeds the number of deaths due to homicide and war combined.  Knowing what to look for and finding the words to show concern and support may be a life-saving act.

Here are some warning signs:

  • Talking about wanting to die or suicide
  • Feeling hopeless, desperate or trapped
  • Giving away possessions
  • Putting affairs in order
  • Reckless behavior
  • Anger
  • Increased drug or alcohol use
  • Withdrawal
  • Anxiety or agitation
  • Changes in sleep
  • Sudden mood changes
  • No sense of purpose

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Join the voices for recovery on Sept. 20

reoveryhappensYou’re invited to the Recovery Happens event on Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014 to promote wellness, recovery and resilience for San Bernardino County residents as part of National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month in September.

The Recovery Happens event will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Cucamonga-Guasti Regional Park in Ontario.

The event is a collaborative effort between the Department of Behavioral Health and its contracted Alcohol and Drug Service partners who will provide community participants with more than 30 resource and education booths promoting services and an opportunity to honor loved ones lost to addiction in the Circle of Love. Refreshments will be provided.

For more information about Recovery Happens, click here.

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